‘New’ Republican Study Committee health plan: Not an alternative, just a joke
Washington DC (September 18, 2013) -- Statement from Americans United for Change President Brad Woodhouse ahead of the release of the Republican Study Committee’s “alternative” to Obamacare: “Lo and behold, four years after the debate over health reform during this President’s term in office began, more than three years after it became law, more than a year after the Supreme Court upheld it as the law of the land and nearly a year after the Republican candidate for President who vowed to repeal it was trounced at the polls, Republicans in Congress are introducing an “alternative” to Obamacare. Don’t be fooled – this is no alternative – it’s a joke – a sick joke that, if it were a serious proposal (it is not) and not just another in a long list of efforts to confuse the public and sabotage the law (it is), would put insurance companies back in charge and leave millions without affordable access to health care.”
While Republican “leaders” are practicing economic terrorism by threatening to shut the government down and/or default on our nation’s obligations to pay its bills if Obamacare is not defunded, this Republican Study Committee “alternative” to Obamacare is nothing more than a dual effort to distract the public from such a vile and dangerous strategy and to confuse people about the status of health reform less than two weeks before open enrollment begins. It’s a fig leaf with no leaves.
And if the emerging details are true, this so called alternative amounts to nothing more than a rehash of what Republicans always propose when they are forced to pretend they care about the issue of health reform (they do not) which always involves protecting insurance company profits at the expense of patients and leaving millions upon millions of Americans without access to affordable health care.
Just take one key detail from AP’s reporting: “Individuals with pre-existing conditions who already have coverage would generally be permitted to shift existing insurance without fear of losing it.”
If that sounds familiar, that was part of Mitt Romney’s plan from his failed bid for president that would leave 89 million Americans, EIGHTY NINE MILLION, out in the cold. Allowing 89 million Americans to continue to be denied coverage by insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition isn’t an alternative – it’s a joke.
Republicans know this plan wouldn’t pass the Senate or clear the President’s desk. And if Republicans think they can use this plan as an excuse to hold the debt ceiling or government services hostage and risk crashing the economy and grinding growth to a halt, they are out of their minds. It’s an alternative health plan every bit as serious as psychic healing.